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Magnate John Spencer dies

New Zealand Herald - ‎4 hours ago‎
John Spencer, a reclusive toilet paper baron who became one of Waiheke's most controversial residents and patriarch of one of New Zealand's richest families, has died.
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Serious crash north of Auckland during police pursuit, car rolled, toddler injured - ‎8 hours ago‎
The aftermath of a car crash in Kumeu where a child was injured. A child's stroller can be seen beside the car. Neighbours saw a toddler lying unconscious on a road after a crash following a police chase.
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Rental squeeze: Bottom bunk for lease

New Zealand Herald - ‎4 hours ago‎
The advertiser is asking for a female flatmate and would prefer any prospective tenants to stay in the bed alone. Photo / Trade Me.
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Wellington mini golf course fire largely brought under control by firefighters

Manawatu Standard - ‎4 hours ago‎
A digger driver has serious burns to his hands and face after fire broke out on the property of the well-known Wellington mini-golf course Carlucci Land.
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'It was my dream car'

Otago Daily Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
The owner of a Lamborghini worth half a million dollars has described the moment he heard his "dream car" had been crashed into.
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A group of fishermen help two tourists abducted and attacked in Australia - ‎10 hours ago‎
A group of fishermen have described the harrowing moment a terrified young European backpacker emerged from sand dunes at a remote South Australian beach - naked, bleeding and begging for their help.
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Senate approves new North Korea sanctions

CNN International - ‎6 hours ago‎
Washington (CNN) The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against North Korea to punish the rogue nation for carrying out recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests as well as for other malicious activities, including cybersecurity ...
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Female suicide bombers kill 58 in a Nigerian camp meant to be a safe haven

CNN - ‎48 minutes ago‎
Kano, Nigeria (CNN) A camp that was supposed to be a shelter from terrorism and violence instead became an instant death zone for dozens in Nigeria this week.
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Body found on footpath in Papakura

New Zealand Herald - ‎7 hours ago‎
The scene at Alma Crescent Papakura, from the intersection with Old Wairoa Rd. Photo / Patrice Dougan. Police are at the scene of an unexplained death in Papakura.
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Six taken to hospital after acid spill in Clutha District Council building - ‎6 hours ago‎
Staff experiencing headaches and nausea were evacuated from Clutha District Council after an acid spill. Up to 40 people were assessed by paramedics and six taken to hospital after an acid spill in the Clutha District Council building on Thursday morning.
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Teen charged with killing 2, injuring 1 in crash after Masterton police chase - ‎5 hours ago‎
The aftermath of a crash in the Masterton CBD on January 31 that killed two teens. A 14-year-old has been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of two passengers, and injuries to another, after a police chase in Masterton.
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Christchurch cyclist killed after being struck by train was 'a really good musician'

New Zealand Herald - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Police say the accident happened at the Fendalton Road crossing shortly after 8am. Photo / Kurt Bayer. The death of an accomplished musician who was struck by a train while cycling this morning has shaken Christchurch's music community.

Bank of New Zealand chasing Abel Tasman beach owner and others for millions - ‎2 hours ago‎
The beach that is for sale in the Awaroa Inlet. Owned by Spackman, thousands of Kiwis have contributed to a crowdfunding campaign to bring it into public ownership.
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NZ telcos and internet access world class

New Zealand Herald - ‎8 hours ago‎
New Zealand's roll out of the fibre network has made it the "poster child" of the global telecommunications sector. Photo / file.
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SkyCity says convention centre deal paying dividends - ‎10 hours ago‎
SkyCity says it is already benefiting from a Government move to allow it more gaming machines in its Auckland casino. For the six months to the end of December, the casino and hospitality operator reported a profit of $71 million across its group, up ...
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Moody's gives NZ big tick

New Zealand Herald - ‎6 hours ago‎
New Zealand is improving prospects for service exports such as tourism and education, and booming immigration. Photo / Getty Images.
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There's now a Vegemite emoji - ‎7 hours ago‎
If you're really craving some Vegemite, you can now let everyone know by sending an emoji. The popular breakfast spread is part of 40 emoji available on the Aussie Emoji Keyboard, which also features the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Uluru.

Premat to partner Van Gisbergen in 2016

New Zealand Herald - ‎6 hours ago‎
Frenchman Alex Premat has been announced as the endurance co-driver of Kiwi V8 Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen in 2016. The former Garry Rogers Motorsport pilot has linked up with van Gibsergen at the Kiwi's new team Red Bull Racing Australia.

We hit Hampton Downs in the $1.4m Porsche 918 Spyder - ‎7 hours ago‎
It's a head-turner for sure, but 918 is primarily a functional high-speed, highly aerodynamic machine. PORSCHE 918 SPYDER Price: $1,400,000 (but it's an appreciating asset).
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Tips & Tricks: 6 ways to keep your Facebook account clean, secure and private

IBNLive - ‎1 hour ago‎
New York: Got hundreds of Facebook friends you hardly know? Now is a good time to do some digital cleanup, while the year is still fresh.
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Grammy win well within reach for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - ‎2 hours ago‎
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are set to kick off on Tuesday February 16, with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on the list of this year's prestigious nominees.
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Prince breaks the internet: gig sold out in under an hour - ‎6 hours ago‎
The internet struggled to cope with fans desperate to secure tickets for Prince's two intimate Auckland shows. Tickets were due on sale at midday Thursday - but by 12.01pm, the Ticketmaster website appeared to be straining under the load and tickets ...

Graham Brazier secret solo album to be completed through crowdfunding - ‎5 hours ago‎
One of New Zealand's music legends, Hello Sailor singer Graham Brazier, was working on a secret solo album prior to his death.
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Brendon McCullum: Slash or Burn - ‎6 hours ago‎
Slash or Burn - a tribute to McCullum - explores his career from youth to master-blaster and Spirit of Cricket award winner. This is his story.
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Highlanders and Crusaders meet in a southern field of dreams - farmer Fred Booth's paddock - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Highlanders fan Brad Crickett, 11, of Otautau, in his Stags rugby jersey at the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders in farmer Fred Booth's paddock near Gore.
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Matthew Johns says NZ Warriors should chase Craig Bellamy should McFadden fail - ‎5 hours ago‎
Matthew Johns says the New Zealand Warriors should seek to get Craig Bellamy as coach if Andrew McFadden fails this season. The high-profile rugby league media figure told Fox Sports that the Warriors should be prepared to chase the successful ...
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Phoenix signing Hamish Watson credits Paul Ifill with rekindling his passion - ‎4 hours ago‎
Hamish Watson, right, is back for a second spell with the Wellington Phoenix and has found his passion for the game once again. It was hardly more than a year ago that Hamish Watson thought he was done with football.

Pasifika celebrates diverse Pacific Island culture

Māori Television - ‎4 hours ago‎
The world's biggest celebration of Pacific Island culture, Pasifika returns to Western Springs Park to celebrate its 24th birthday. The free family-friendly event gives people of all backgrounds the chance to experience the colourful sights, sounds and ...
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War on wasps in the Abel Tasman National Park

The Nelson Mail - ‎15 hours ago‎
Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger John Henderson installs Vespex in a bait station in the Abel Tasman National Park. Visitors to the Abel Tasman National Park will no longer face the risk of having their holidays ruined by painful and ...
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Pornhub's whale advocacy won't actually help the whales all that much - ‎2 hours ago‎
Watch porn if you must, but don't kid yourself into thinking you're saving the world. OPINION: While all acts of charity are somewhat self-gratifying, actual onanistic activism has long eluded humanity.
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Belief in all-knowing, punitive gods aided the growth of human societies, study says

Los Angeles Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
A Buddha statue in Tyva Republic sits on a hilltop overlooking visitors. A new study finds that people who believed in all-knowing, punitive gods with moral judgment were more likely to play fair in a pair of experimental games.

A mum's discovery about her daughter's odd teeth leads to a troubling discovery

New Zealand Herald - ‎15 hours ago‎
Erica Rennon, age 9; her mother's search for answers about her condition would lead to a definitive diagnosis for Erica. Photo / Courtesy of the Rennon family via Washington Post.

Codeine, morphine and painkiller drug use in NZ quadruples in a decade: study - ‎5 hours ago‎
New Zealanders' use of pain relieving medication such as codeine and morphine has increased significantly. New Zealand quadrupled its use of over-the-counter and prescription opioid painkillers such as codeine and morphine in a little over a decade.
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Inspiring Christchurch schoolboy Jake Bailey speaks of cancer battle - ‎13 hours ago‎
The head boy of Christchurch Boys' High School, Jake Bailey, who is very ill with cancer, gave an emotional speech from a wheelchair at the school's end of year assembly.
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Australian Federal Police officers contracted Zika virus while in the Pacific - ‎2 hours ago‎
Several Australian Federal Police officers have contracted Zika virus - the subject of a global health emergency - while on deployment overseas including in the Solomon Islands.